Friday 7 January 2011

Challenge 35 - Dots and Spots ! and Design Team Call

Happy New Year and welcome back ! We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year with your family and friends.

The start of a new year always brings new beginnings and its with sadness that we have to say goodbye to some of our Design Team members. We are so sorry to say that we are losing Chris Dark, Christine, Kim and Martine.

Martine was the founder of BasicGrey Challenges and gave a few of the first DT members their first break in the World of blogging and Design Teams. She has worked tirelessly for 2 years running the blog and posting all the challenges etc. and we would like to thank you Martine from the bottom of our hearts for all that you have done not only for BasicGrey Challenges but for us personally and we all love you.

Having given you all that sad news, we are pleased to say that BasicGrey Challenges is here to stay - whooo hooo ! and here is our first challenge of 2011 with details of our DESIGN TEAM CALL following.

The challenge for you this fortnight is DOTS or SPOTS !!

We would like to see dots or spots somewhere on your project.

You are able to use any brand of papers for this project if you find dots or spots hard to come by in your BasicGrey stash and they can be on the flowers you use, the ribbon, punched holes, buttons BUT as always, please remember that you have to use at least one BasicGrey product on your project to qualify for the prize. Please also mention the BasicGrey product you used in your blog post or email entry so that we can easily identify it !
The Design Team have made some amazing cards for you again this week. You will notice that we have listed the BasicGrey products we have used on our cards for your information and inspiration !


Simon Says Stamp $25 Credit Voucher

As always, our wonderful sponsor Simon Says Stamp is offering one lucky winner a fab $25 shopping spree in the Simon Says Superstore :), ooo just think of the goodies you could get with that you lucky ducks :)
(Please note: This is a voucher code that entitles the winner to a $25 saving off their order in Simon Says Stamp, P+P charges will still apply unless the conditions are met to earn free P+P, please check here if you would like to see these conditions)

Design Team Logo

We are absolutely thrilled to tell you that we will also be inviting Guest Designers to be joining us !

Our first Guest Designer is the super talented and lovely SANDIE (sandieshores) of The Crafty Side of Me. Visiting Sandie's blog it is an absolutely must as you will be blown away with her gorgeous projects and here is just one of them !

BasicGrey Products used : BasicGrey Marjolaine

Basic Grey products used: 6x6 paper in Marjolaine and Cappella buttons

Basic Grey product used- 6x6 paper pad Curio

Basic Grey products used: Oliver spotty paper and BasicGrey Brads and Buttons

Basic Grey products used - June Bug papers

BasicGrey Products used : Basic Grey papers from Basic White and Max & Whiskers collection
Basic Grey Tree Hugger clear stamps
Basic Grey Max & Whiskers buttons

BasicGrey product used- 6x6 paper pad Olivia

We hope that you enjoy this Fortnights Challenge :)

Please be sure to link to your entry and not just your blog as this will make it easier for us to find your creation.

Also can we ask a little favour?, if it is at all possible would you mind removing Word Verification from your blogs? (if you have it turned on that is), It would make things so much easier for us when we leave you a comment, Instead we would HIGHLY recommend turning on your Comment Moderation, this will actually protect your blog from spam much more than Word Verification does because you can easily reject any suspicious comments :), if you are not sure how to do this, there is a “how to” listed on the sidebar over to the right :)


We have decided to run a Design Team Call and we are looking for new members to add to our little Family :)
So here are all the details
(Please be sure to read everything thoroughly before applying)

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for new Design Team Members with a love of BasicGrey just like us :), any and all styles of crafting is welcome :)

How Long The DT Call Is Open

The DT Call will be open for 4 weeks (two challenges), closing on Saturday the 5th of February at 11.00pm (GMT), all applications must be received by then

How To Apply

To apply all you need to do is to take part in either or both of the two challenges posted before the closing date and leave a link to your creation in the Inlinkz Widget at the bottom of these posts and please put DT beside your name on each link.

(Please Note: If the Inlinkz Widget happens to be down, then please post your DT Application in the comments of this post, either by mentioning your entry number from the challenge(s) so we can find you, or by leaving a link to your creation, Thank You)

If you do not have a blog to link to then by all means feel free to Email Us your Applications :)

DT Requirements

As a DT Member you would be required to take part in our Fortnightly Challenges following the theme of the set Challenge, you will know all of the upcoming challenges in advance, so not to worry. You would also be required to take part in any other events that we may hold, like a Blog Hop for example :) A willingness to help out with the posting of any challenges and drawing a winner would be an advantage but not essential. You do not need to have a vast knowledge of computers to be able to do this, if you blog, you already have enough experience !!

Part Of Another Design Team

Not to worry, as long as you can commit to the BasicGrey Challenges DT and are not conflicted with other DT work then of course feel free to apply, but please consider the new workload before you apply, the last thing we want is for you to struggle to keep up with the Challenges, this is meant to be fun and stress free, not a job that you feel obliged to do, so again please do keep that in mind :)

No Previous Design Team Experience

Not a problem at all, we welcome all applications whether you have DT experience or not, in fact we would encourage peeps with no previous DT experience to try out for our Design Team, more so over those that do, we want to give everyone a fair chance :)

No Blog

No problem, a blog is not required to be part of the BasicGrey Challenges Family, as long as you have an active Email account so you can send us your DT Creations then that is fine and dandy :)

When The New DT Will Be Announced

The new DT Members will be announced as soon as possible after the closing date and we will email you to tell you that you have been successful.


A few things you might like to know :)

Are You Associated With BasicGrey?

Sadly no :(, we are not in anyway associated with BasicGrey, We are just crafters who have a love of their wonderful crafty goodies like many of you :)

Do I Need To Use BasicGrey Products ?

Well ….. yes, this is a BasicGrey Challenge Blog after all, so you will need to use at least one item of BasicGrey on each of your fortnightly challenge creations, this means you will be required to have at least a few BasicGrey products in your collection

Will I Be Given BasicGrey Products To Use In My Design Team Work ?

As much as we would love to spoil each of the DT Members with ooodles and ooodles of BasicGrey goodies, we are unable to I am afraid.

Right then, I think everything has been covered :), here is Inlinkz :), we look forward to your applications :)

If you wish to take part on our challenges but do not want to apply to become a Design Team Member, please do join us but don't put DT after your name !! All entries qualify for the fantastic prize whether you apply for the DT or not !

Good Luck everyone !

The BasicGrey Challenges Team


  1. Thanks for a fun challenge. Stunning creations from the design team. Hugs, Hanna

  2. eek! I'm seeing spots! lovely creations ladies!
    Thanks for a fun challenge and dt call! yay!

  3. Such gorgeous inspiration! Thx for the challenge!

  4. Thanks for the great challenge, the DT projects are just fantastic. Hugs lin

  5. I would love the opportunity to join your DT. It would be a first for me, so thanks for the chance to play along. These are fantastic DT creations!
    Jo xx

  6. super challenge, love the dt cards. Debbiexx

  7. Thank you for the inspiration :D totally love all the creations! so Lovely!

  8. Thankyou for the chance to enter this great challenge. Love the DT cards - Hugs, Teresa

  9. If I didn't think I would go totally insane I would love to be a part of the team...I love this sight and BG! Beth aka BR-T

  10. Hi found this wonderful blog and entered your challenge . Great inspiration and I just happened to have a lovely Basic Grey dotty paper how cool was that !! Thanks Kitty :)

  11. Thanks for this Challenge :)

  12. I like this one better than the first one I did. Looking forward to seeing what the next challenge is.


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BasicGrey Challenges Team